NOW advocates for wide range of economic justice issues affecting women, from the glass ceiling to the sticky floor of poverty. These include welfare reform, livable wages, job discrimination, pay equity, housing, social security and pension reform, and much more.
Your vote is your voice – and every voice matters. Pledge to vote on November 4!
Representative Nita Lowey has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act (H.R. 5024), dedicated to providing benefits to those who take time out of the workforce to care for loved ones. Urge your representative to become a cosponsor of this important bill!
Voting restrictions aimed at communities of color disproportionately impact women in those communities. A democracy can’t function this way. Your governor needs to hear from you today!
The Paycheck Fairness Act helps women fight the wage gap by requiring greater transparency from employers – who would have to show that wage differences are job-related and not gender-based — and protects employees from retaliation when they share information about compensation.
In a country where pregnant women are judged harsher and more negatively than others in the workplace, any law preventing discrimination against them is critical. Unfortunately, one such law is hanging in the balance of a Supreme Court decision on December 3rd.
The National Organization of Women was founded as a grassroots activist organization to affect change on a city, state, and national level. In the year 2014, nearly 50 years since its founding, NOW is still committed to highlighting the strong local chapters across the country that persist in grassroots efforts to create political change.
Last Wednesday, for the first time ever, the U.S. Senate decided to debate the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA). This proposed law, sponsored in the Senate by Barbara Mikulski (MD-D), would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
Today, voting rights are still challenged by right-wing voter suppression tactics designed to restrict the participation of voters whose support would likely favor the anti-Citizens United, pro-woman and pro-labor agenda.
Three-quarters of voters polled not only support abortion access but strongly link it to a woman’s financial stability and equality. Additionally, voters are more likely to vote for elected officials who support such policies. This is not a surprise to any who works in the reproductive rights and justice movement. Access to reproductive care is about the economy, stupid.Read more
The country still doesn’t have a federal law. But in the intervening decade, 15 laws have been passed at the city and state level. Workers who live in those places can now rest assured that they can take off of work if they get sick and not have to miss a day’s pay — or even risk their jobs entirely.Read more
Republicans won big in the 2014 elections. They captured the Senate and gained seats in the House. But they didn’t do it by running to the right. They did it, to a surprising extent, by embracing ideas and standards that came from the left.Read more
My worldview has completely shifted over the past couple years, not in a vast, lumbering way, but in degrees of nuance, in understanding of the experience of others. And I have the people I follow on Twitter to thank…They’re not activists or radicals or humorless prudes. They’re just women.Read more
Social Security is the largest source of income for most older women – for a substantial number of senior women it is their only source of income. The chained CPI would cut thousands of dollars from their already modest Social Security retirement and disability benefits.
Learn the difference between sick leave and paid leave, the importance of both to women, and the legislative and advocacy steps being taken to ensure both for all!
Women are disproportionately represented in the number of minimum wage workers. According to the National Women’s Law Center, nearly two-thirds of all minimum wage workers and nearly three-fourths of tipped minimum wage workers are women. Many of these women are employed in industries that are traditionally coded as “women’s work” and have traditionally been underpaid: child and elder care, housekeeping and food service.
The caregiver credit option is a responsible preventive measure—it would provide improved retirement security for millions of Americans–especially women, whom the caregiver role often falls upon–and recognize the valuable caregiving services that they provide for our country’s children and the growing elderly population.